“I’m having scary thoughts and I’m frightened.”

If you’re worried about the dark or graphic thoughts you’re having and you know they are wrong, that’s a good sign—it does not mean you don’t love your baby. It happens frequently to good mothers struggling with depression and anxiety. Sharing these thoughts, often called “intrusive” thoughts, with someone you trust can bring some relief. These thoughts are not who you are, they are a symptom of the disorder and often respond well to medication and/or supportive talk therapy.